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Posted May 4, '14 at 2:37pm

FishPreferred

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I thought of an interesting question. What if a woman lies to a man or purposefully undermines contraception with the intention of getting pregnant? What if a woman rapes a man and impregnates herself? Would the man have any legal right to have that woman receive an abortion?


That's a good...and disturbing...question. She should not be permitted to extort childcare payments as a result, but I would think she has free reign, otherwise.
 

Posted May 4, '14 at 3:22pm

HahiHa

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Knight

I fully agree that a woman who has been raped (not just women can be raped) has the choice of whether she wants to take measures to prevent/abort a pregnancy, but I don't think it "should be" as an absolute statement.

I just think it's a bad idea, mostly psychologically speaking. But I didn't mean that it should be enforced; the woman should still have the right to not take any measures*. This could be discussed during medical and psychological sessions following the rape.

*This also means that, answering to your other question, a man has no right to interfere with that decision. I'm personally not sure how I feel about this, but it is the logical conclusion of the above. I definitely agree with FishPreferred that, at least in cases of consensual sex where the child was conceived against the will of the man, he has no responsibility to pay anything.
 

Posted May 4, '14 at 3:46pm

Kasic

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She should not be permitted to extort childcare payments as a result, but I would think she has free reign, otherwise.

The not having the father be responsible for child support is the easiest conclusion that I think most people can agree would be a sensible response. I think the hardest part of the question is whether a man has ownership rights of his genetic material - and by extension, whether a woman does too.

Honestly I'm stumped. On the surface I want to say, "Yeah, of course they do!" but then you get into the whole subject of invading another person's body to make that happen, and hey, it gets kinda messed up there. Looking at it from the opposite perspective, would a woman who had one of her eggs stolen and transplanted into another woman that was fertilized by another man have the legal right to have that woman have an abortion?

*This also means that, answering to your other question, a man has no right to interfere with that decision.

Even if the male was the victim and the female the perpetrator? I can't put it into words but there's definitely something about this hypothetical that I'm in opposition to. It does not sound correct to me that a person should be able to do that. The problem is I don't think anyone should be able to force a woman to have an abortion against her will. Perhaps this is just one of those lesser vs greater evil things.

Maybe the best response would be to make it so that, after the child was born, parental rights were only extended to the father and not the mother if he wishes, so that even if the woman who raped him decided to take the pregnancy to term, the child wouldn't be legally considered hers.


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Posted May 4, '14 at 5:47pm

FishPreferred

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Even if the male was the victim and the female the perpetrator? I can't put it into words but there's definitely something about this hypothetical that I'm in opposition to. It does not sound correct to me that a person should be able to do that.


That's a separate issue altogether. The woman, in this case, abuses the man and, as a result, becomes pregnant. We can probably agree that the initial abuse is immoral and unjustifiable. She should not be able to do that, but what she does with the foetus is within her right.
 

Posted May 5, '14 at 12:46am

pangtongshu

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What if a woman lies to a man or purposefully undermines contraception with the intention of getting pregnant? What if a woman rapes a man and impregnates herself? Would the man have any legal right to have that woman receive an abortion?


She should still have the right to her body..but opt out options for men in regards to the parenthood should be an option for equality.

In regards to 'if a woman rapes a man and impregnates herself
 

Posted May 5, '14 at 1:57am

Kasic

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There's so much that this article talks about that's messed up. Three choice quotes.

"If for some reason they ever found me guilty of raping him, my whole career would be completely destroyed, I'd be put in jail and the children would go in foster care," she said. "To destroy my entire family for the simple thing that he didn't want to pay child support, that's a very selfish thing to do."

"There is a case that deals with this. It's not exactly like Kris' case, but similar. It involves a 34-year-old man from Alabama who passed out at a party. A woman had sex with him while he was unconscious and she got pregnant. The court ordered him to pay child support."

"Experts say it is physically possible for a man to be raped by a woman, or, put another way, to get an erection without wanting to have sex."

This is starting to veer from being about abortion though.

 

Posted May 9, '14 at 6:05am

SportShark

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The US government says murdering a human being isn't ok.
If the US government says abortion is ok, then they are saying that an unborn baby isn't a human being.
At what point then does the government get to "decide" when a baby becomes a human being? If the baby can be legally murdered after it comes out of the uterus, then it doesn't turn human during the process of born in their minds. How long after childbirth does it take for a baby to "turn" human? Until it's old enough to vote for liberal politicians?

 

Posted May 9, '14 at 7:15am

HahiHa

HahiHa

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Knight

The US government says murdering a human being isn't ok.
If the US government says abortion is ok, then they are saying that an unborn baby isn't a human being.
At what point then does the government get to "decide" when a baby becomes a human being? If the baby can be legally murdered after it comes out of the uterus, then it doesn't turn human during the process of born in their minds. How long after childbirth does it take for a baby to "turn" human? Until it's old enough to vote for liberal politicians?

*birth
You are either being ignorant about the terms of abortion, or strawmanning heavily. I am not aware of anyone who supports the killing of a baby (a baby is in my view defined as such since birth, not before). Which by the way would not be an abortion at all anymore, since you are not aborting the process of gestation.
 

Posted May 9, '14 at 7:39am

SportShark

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So you're saying it's only alright to kill a baby inside the womb but not outside of the womb?


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Posted May 9, '14 at 8:19am

Kennethhartanto

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So you're saying it's only alright to kill a baby inside the womb but not outside of the womb?


actually, a baby is only one when it was near birth, around 7-9 months of gestation. so before it wasn't a baby, rather a sort of "baby candidate" (fetus). so abortion before that would not be killing a live baby, it would be like killing a live fetus. so you ARE strawmanning heavily
 
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